Articles about Spain

Plaza de España y Monumento a Cervantes, Madrid, Spain
If you’re planning to pay a visit to Madrid, the largest city in Spain and its capital, you should definitely try to schedule a visit to the Plaza de España, where, among other sites and attractions, you’ll find the Monumento a Cervantes, a tribute to the world-famous writer Miguel de Cervantes. Below we have provided  [...]
Torres Kio, Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain, the country’s capital and largest city, has long been recognized as a place of great historical significance, with many structures and monuments that date back hundreds of years, some as early as the 15th and 16th centuries. However, as a world capital, with a population of nearly 3.5 million in the city proper  [...]
Natural Sites of Madrid, Spain
When most people hear the words “Madrid and tourism” used together their thoughts likely turn to the hundreds of museums, galleries and historic monuments this bustling Spanish capital has to offer. This is certainly understandable. Madrid is undeniably one of the world’s most culturally and historically significant cities and home to countless collections of artistic  [...]
The History of Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain has a rich and colorful history, beginning with the theories regarding the origins of its name. Legend has it the city was founded by Ocno Bianor, son of King Tyrrhenius of Tuscany and Mantua, who named the settlement “Metragirta”—a name that over time was shortened to “Madrid.” Despite this legend (and many more  [...]
Traditions of Madrid, Spain
Like most historically rich cities, Madrid, the largest and capital city of Spain, has an abundance of local traditions to call its own, including a number of annual festivals that are as colorful as they are lively. Below we will explore some of these traditions in a bit more detail, painting a picture as to  [...]
Villages in the Madrid Area, Spain
The city of Madrid, Spain has more than its share of interesting sites and attractions to visit, but visitors to this area may also want to check out the various villages and towns located just outside Madrid, including those in the nearby provinces of Castilla la Mancha to the south of the city and Castilla  [...]
Parks in Madrid, Spain
Unlike most major cities, whose green space and common areas have given way to new construction and are now very limited at best, Madrid boasts one of the most extensive areas of parks, gardens and environmentally-friendly zones of all European cities and world capitals. Taken collectively, these areas make up over 33 million square meters  [...]
Museums in Madrid, Spain
Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain, is known the world around for its fascinating museums—forty-four in all—beginning with the four museums that make up its Paseo del Arte, or Avenue of Art. These are the Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and since 2007, the Centro de  [...]
Monuments in Madrid, Spain
The beautiful city of Madrid features an abundance of monuments and principal landmarks, a testament, perhaps, to better days during the Spanish Empire. Below we will take a look at just of few of these monuments of Madrid and provide a brief description of each: Royal Palace The Royal Palace of Spain, now used only  [...]
Architecture in Madrid, Spain
The sheer number of tourists and guests that flock to Madrid, Spain every year—with numbers that reach into the millions—may sound surprising to people who have yet to experience this marvel of a city, but once they are treated to its beauty and the pride and friendliness of its people, their doubts would almost certainly  [...]
Stop and Visit Madrid, Spain
Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain, as well as the capital of the autonomous community of the same name, the Comunidad de Madrid.  The city has a population of nearly 3.4 million, making it the third-largest city within the European Union after London and Berlin, and its extended metropolitan area, with a  [...]
Real Madrid and Its Soccer Stadium
The history of soccer in Real Madrid dates back to the early 1900’s. Recently, they were voted as the 20th century’s best club by the soccer head FIFA. They have a bunch of extremely talented soccer players.Real Madrid is one of the most popular football teams in Spain and Europe. Much earlier, the Viejo Chamartín  [...]
The amazing world of Ciudad Encantada (“The Enchanted City”)
The city of Cuenca is known for its famous and exhilarating tourist sites such as the Casas Colgadas (hanging houses acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Cuenca Cathedral, Museum of Spanish Abstract Art, Ciudad Encantada, The Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, and The Museum of Cuenca. The Ciudad Encantada is an amazing and remarkable  [...]
Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid
Covering an area of 350 acres or 120 hectares, the Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) is a huge ecological site at the heart of the Madrid.  The park was the former location of the royal palace built in 1632 during the sovereignty of King Philip IV.  After the Peninsula War, the  [...]
The Royal Palace of Madrid
Spain’s King, Juan Carlos, should be the residents in the Royal Palace of Madrid, but the King and his family chose to live not in the palace, but on Madrid’s outskirts at a smaller Palacio de la Zarzuela. But nonetheless, for occasions of the State, the palace is still in use. The ownership of the  [...]
The Prado Museum, Madrid
The Prado Museum houses the collection of royal arts, and it is the greatest European museum. It was thrown open to the public in the year 1819, and has more than 4,000 paintings from many older centuries stored there. It includes brilliant artistic work by the likes of Rembrandt, Bosch, Titian and many others. It  [...]
The Most Celebrated Castles in Spain
Spain has been known for its magnificent history and majesty during it glorious years.  Strong evidences of its past include palaces and castles scattered all throughout its provinces.  Each structure has its own story to tell.  All of them have played important roles at one point in Spain’s grand years. Alcazár of Seville (Alcázares Reales  [...]
El Escorial, the Perpetual Home for the Catholic Crown of Spain
The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, or simply El Escorial is situated 45 km. northwest of Madrid at the foot of Mt. Abantos in the Sierra de Guadarrama. Philip II of Spain has commissioned the Spanish architect Juan Bautista de Toledo to design the El Escorial in 1559 to commemorate the 1557 Spanish victory  [...]
3 Monuments in Spain You Shouldn’t Miss
Plaza Major: The Plaza Major is arguably the most stunning monument in Spain, it took a lot of hard work to build the Plaza Major. The construction began in 1729 and it was completed in the year 1755 in the Baroque style. Alberto Churriguera was the architect who played a pivotal role in building this  [...]
Spanish Wine
Wine has been produced in Spain for over 3,000 years. There are still a few vineyards in Catalonia and Aragon that were planted by the Romans. The most famous Spanish wine comes from Jerez. The British at one time could not pronounce this properly and called it “sherry.” Jerez is in the south of Spain  [...]